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Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredLook! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a LOUSE! Nope, it’s not a louse. Head lice are parasitic insects, like ticks, that need human blood to survive, and they move by crawling. They do wander from one infested host to another, all on foot or by hitchhiking on items used for hair such as hats, scarves, and sports equipment like headgear. They cannot hop or fly.
Angela Lowery, DNP, Family Medicine, answeredNo, head lice cannot fly or jump from one head to another. Head lice are spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person, head-to-head contact, clothing, brushes, combs or towels.